When it comes to vacation season, the destination is usually the stuff of dreams, but the actual packing can feel more akin to a nightmare. But not this year! Because today I have a special treat for you from my sweet friend Sarah over at She Holds Dearly. Many of you will remember meeting Sarah a few months ago when I shared some of my favorite e-courses and we talked about this little concept of knowing and keeping our essentials. Last fall she created a course with all the ins and outs of finding time to hold dearly those things that matter most to each of us, and it was a game-changer for me. I met Sarah last fall at the Haven Haven conference and I can not even begin to tell you what a sweet encouragement her friendship has meant to me both in this blogging adventure and in this journey of life. I’ve been so excited for her to guest post here and share her wisdom and tips to make vacation packing a breeze just in time for the summer holidays!
So, with no further ado, please welcome Sarah here to So Much Moore …
The month of May tends to be a transition month in most peoples’ minds. Spring has officially arrived and the promise of summer is on the horizon. We start blocking off our vacation time and thinking about all the fun that is coming.
May is actually the perfect month to start prepping for those upcoming vacations. They may seem far off, but I want to share with you a few habits to cut down on the stress of getting everyone out the door when departure time arrives.
Here are four ways to simplify the process of packing for vacation. . .
- Start planning NOW. I don’t know about you, but I get random thoughts about things all day long. When I get a good idea about what to do on a trip or what I don’t want to forget to pack I quickly jot it down on a page in my planner that I have designated for the trip. By the time vacation time rolls around, I have a really thorough list of the extra things I need and what our activities are going to look like.
- Build a duplicate toiletry set. The combination of trying to get myself all dolled up and finishing packing my suitcase the day I have to leave usually ends up in me forgetting something- like deodorant! That will start to ruin a vacation rather quickly. This duplicate set will require some forethought and a trip to the store, but I assure you, you will breath easier the morning you leave on your trip knowing that you have everything you need.
- Plan to do some laundry while out of town. This means you can take less shoes and minimal clothes. Sorry, girls!! I know we love options, but shoes and clothes do take up a lot of space when traveling.
- Plan to buy groceries or eat out. If you can afford to eat out the whole time you are traveling, this, of course, is the least stressful. But, if saving money is a priority right now, then do some research and make sure you will have access to a kitchen in some capacity. Even just taking care of breakfasts and lunches on your own will save a lot of money. Because there are a million things to do when I am trying to leave on a trip, I have learned not to include any meal prep in the pre-vacation stress. I just bring enough food to make traveling comfortable and fun. Once I am settled in and in vacation mode, I plan to hit a grocery store and buy the rest of our food.
So, there you have it.
Start capturing those good ideas when they come to you, build your duplicate toiletry set and plan to do a little laundry and grocery shopping once you are in vacation mode. I hope you have wonderful, memorable down time this summer – and less stress with the packing!
And in your time at home this summer if you would like to try to declutter your entire house, I have written a ten-week plan to walk you through it.
The plan is modeled after the famous Kon Marie method and was truly life changing for our family.
Click on the pic below to get your copy.
Thank you so much, Beth, for having me today! I thoroughly enjoyed putting this post together for your readers!!
P.S. If you are looking to take your productivity to the next level, my online course may be just the thing you are looking for.
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Thank you, Sarah! Thank you for sharing your wisdom in making every step of our days enjoyable, even the oft-dreaded preparation. If you’ve never checked out Sarah’s blog, and courses today is the perfect day! With 10 weeks of Kon Mari decluttering, and a bit of time working through her online course, you could usher in the calmest and most enjoyable seasons of your life by the end of the summer.
And in the meantime, what adventure are you packing for this summer? The beach? The mountains? Grandma’s house? We would love to hear your fun plans, and how much easier you found it to pack with these quick, simple tips.
Have a great day, friends!